Panasonic SC-BT200 review

We love
Great 1kW sound, great looking pics and stacks of audio support
We hate
Auto setting way too loud, iPod menus poor
A stunning introduction to home cinema that's bound to infuriate the neighbours
Launch Price


Having your head blasted off while gorging on action movies is as much part of the home cinema experience as eye–stroking images of Arnie going berserk with a semi–automatic weapon. And the 1kW–packing Panasonic SC-BT200 is certainly capable of chucking out amazing sound to match its Blu–ray loving pictures. So is this all–in–one worth a £500 punt? Read our Panasonic SC-BT200 review and see.

Fix the Panasonic SC-BT200 up to your HD TV and you’ll automatically be transported into a world where hi–def flicks sound every bit as good as they look. See it’s cram in DTS–HD master audio, alongside that 1kW amp, meaning it kicks out the kind of noise that deafens heavy metal bands.

In fact, the Panasonic SC-BT200 is so loud that you will find you’ll need to flick over to manual mode in order to turn things down a tad. The automatic setting will doubtless lead to a visit from the council’s excessive noise busybodies, something we seriously feared for during a particularly hectic firefight in Predator.

This isn’t just about making your movies nice and noisy. It’s about churning out your iPod tunes too. There’s an Apple–friendly dock on board the Panasonic SC-BT200 too, although the menu system via the TV leaves a lot to be desired, You won’t be saying that when you’re blasting out Iron Maiden, mind.

The Panasonic SC-BT200 also offers the Viera Cast system, which despite being an Ethernet only service offers direct YouTube and Picasa access, making online snacking on your HD TV a breeze.

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Price wise, the Panasonic SC-BT200 is steal. Killer sound, great pics and iPod–support make it a fine all rounder and one well worth a punt for first time home cinema goers.

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